Everyone benefits from exercise. It’s an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For the 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS), exercise has some specific benefits. These include:
  • easing symptoms
  • helping promote mobility
  • minimizing risks of some complications
However, it’s important to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Your doctor may request you work specifically with a physical or occupational therapist until you’ve learned how to perform exercises without overworking your muscles.
Here are nine types of exercise you can do on your own or with assistance from a physical therapist. These exercise are meant to help you maintain a high quality of life and ease your symptoms.

study from the Oregon Health & Science University found that people with MS who practiced yoga experienced less fatigue compared with people with MS who hadn’t practiced yoga.
Abdominal breathing, which is practiced during yoga, may help improve your breathing even when you’re not doing yoga. The better you breathe, the easier blood is able to circulate through your body. This improves respiratory and heart health.

People with MS often experience overheating, especially when exercising outside. For that reason, exercising in a pool will help you keep cool.
Water also has a natural buoyancy that supports your body and makes movement easier. You may feel more flexible than you do when not in the water. This means you may be able to do things in a pool you can’t do out of the pool, such as:
  • stretch
  • lift weights
  • perform cardio exercise
Also, these activities can boost both mental and physical health.

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